Saturday, July 09, 2016

Stunning 19th-Century Astronomical Drawings

Hardly anyone has championed the role of beauty as a catalyst for cosmic enchantment more powerfully than the French artist and astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (December 26, 1827–April 22, 1895).

The great comet of 1881, observed on June 26, 1:30 A.M.

Total eclipse of the sun,observed July 29, 1878, Creston, Wyoming Territory

The planet Jupiter, observed November 1, 1880, 9:30 P.M.

Aurora Borealis, observed March 1, 1872, 9:25 P.M.

Trouvelot published more than fifty scientific papers in his lifetime, but remains best known for his exquisite astronomical illustrations.

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